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Exclusionary Criteria

Based on compatibility considerations, exclusionary criteria were used to identify commercial-scale wind energy areas. These data show all of the merged exclusionary criteria for the compatibility assessment for commercial-scale wind energy in the Massachusetts ocean management planning area: - One mile from inhabited shoreline - Coast Guard-designated navigation areas (shipping channels and traffic lanes, precautionary areas, anchorage areas, pilot boarding areas) - Eelgrass and intertidal flats - Ferry routes - High concentrations of avian resources: nesting, staging, and critical foraging areas for Roseate Tern; nesting, staging, and core foraging areas for special concern tern species (Arctic, Least, Common); Long-tailed Duck; colonial coastal waterbirds - High concentrations of whale populations: North Atlantic Right Whale core habitat - Areas of significant commercial fishing effort and value: high fishing activity by effort and value - Direct transit navigation routes for shipping and fishing: AIS, VMS - Regulated airspace
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